While the entire world is talking about Apple’s new product Apple Watch, which will be launched on April 24, 2015, the Cupertino-based tech biggie is busy with the implementation of a different plan. Apple has decided to donate a sum of over $50 million to give more people from minority groups including veterans, women and individuals with different racial backgrounds the opportunity of working in the tech industry.
Denise Young Smith, the Cupertino-based company’s human resources chief, in a recent interview of her told that Apple has joined hands with a number of nonprofits to increase the number of women, veterans and other minorities in the world of technology and of course in Apple. The partnership between Apple and those nonprofit organizations is based on a multi-million dollar, multi-year contract.
Smith said that her company is looking to help more minority candidates to get Apple as their first employer. She added that Apple believes that diversifying the employee base has a great upside and said that it’s impossible to keep on innovating without being inclusive and diverse.
Apple is not only looking to bring people from difference gender and race to the company, but also wants to have individuals with different sexual orientations and lifestyle to be part of its employee base. Hope you remember that a few months back we saw the company’s CEO Time Cook publicly acknowledging that he is a gay; so, it’s obvious that Apple would have no inhibitions in employing people with different sexual orientations and lifestyles.
However, for now Apple’s diversity plans are primarily focused on giving more job opportunities to minorities, women, and veterans. To make those plans successful, the tech giant has joined hands with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a nonprofit known for supporting students studying at public HBCUs or Historically Black Colleges & Universities.
The United States is home to a total of hundred HBCUs; out of them 47 are categorized as public. Recently obtained statistics suggests that collectively these 47 HBCUs graduate around 20% African-Americans.
The CEO of TMCF Johnny Taylor described their association with Apple as one of the biggest steps taken to date for development of African-Americans. He said that Apple’s program is the most all-inclusive plan HBCUs have been part of.